Tuesday, November 6, 2018

November Events at the River’s Edge Convention Center

November is full of fun at the River’s Edge Convention Center! From the Minnesota Train Show to a special appearance by a reality TV star, we have a great lineup of events this month.

Granite City Train Show

The Granite City Train Show is back! If you’re interested in trains of any sort, this event is perfect for you. The show will feature model and toy trains of all scales and operating displays. In addition to the trains, the show will include accessories, antiques, and collectibles. This family event even has a Children’s Railway Play Area, giving kids the opportunity to build and run trains. Looking to display your train layout? Register here.

When: Saturday, November 10, 2018; 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tickets: Available at the door; $6, Kids 10 and under are free.

Post Veteran’s Day Parade Social

After 11 years, the St. Cloud Veterans Day Parade has changed its route. This year, the parade will be on West Germain Street beginning at the public library and ending at River’s Edge Convention Center. The parade this year should be bigger than ever: it falls on the 100th anniversary of both Armistice Day and the American Legion. The dedication of St. Cloud’s Abraham Lincoln statue is celebrating an anniversary, as well. To celebrate this year’s parade, the River’s Edge Convention Center will be welcoming all participants and viewers to enjoy a short reception following the main event.

When: Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 1:00 PM – Following the Parade

Central Minnesota Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

This year is the 40th anniversary of the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. To celebrate, we are welcoming Si Robertson. Not only is Si a devout Christian, but he is also known for being one of the stars on A&E’s hit show Duck Dynasty. The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast is a nonprofit project, relying heavily on sponsorship and the volunteers in the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Committee. The profits contribute to the Christian Business Men’s Committee of St. Cloud.

When: Monday, November 15, 2018; 6:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Tickets: Available online for $30 – free for veterans. Tables are available to sponsor.

Made in MN Expo

The Made in MN Expo features products made in Minnesota and Minnesota-based businesses. Make sure to stop by for a fun afternoon and experience some of the best things that your state has to offer. If you’re interested in setting up your own booth, click here.

When: Saturday, November 17, 2018; 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
No tickets required

The events this month are not to be missed – We look forward to seeing you soon! For even more fun events, check out River’s Edge Convention Center’s full event calendar.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Host Your Perfect Wedding at River’s Edge Convention Center

Everyone wants the perfect wedding, but beautiful, elaborate weddings often come with a great deal of stress.

River’s Edge Convention Center works with you to provide a stress-free planning experience – and, more importantly, a stress-free wedding day.

1. Decoration and Catering Options

Everyone pictures their wedding in a unique way. At River’s Edge Convention Center, we make that the dream become a reality. We work with over ten decorators; each one is happy to work with you and your space to create a unique look that you’re searching for. Since food is also an important and memorable part of your big day, we also have many caterers to choose from. You will definitely find something that everyone will love and remember.

2. Convenient Downtown Location

When you plan any major event, you always have to remember out-of-town guests. Since River’s Edge Convention Center is located right in the heart of St. Cloud, we’re surrounded by almost 400 hotel rooms, all within walking distance! In addition, there are plenty of activities for your guests, including beautiful gardens, shopping, and restaurants.

Parking is also readily available. In addition to plenty of nearby parking, we have our own parking ramp. The ramp is connected to the building by a skyway, so you don’t have to go outside to get to your event.

3. Outdoor Weddings

At River’s Edge Convention Center, we are now hosting outdoor weddings! You’ll definitely wow your guests with our outstanding views of the Mississippi River. Don’t forget that an outdoor wedding also comes with the many other advantages of a wedding at River’s Edge Convention Center. Make sure to book a date soon to take advantage of the warm weather! Get started here.

4. We Can Fit a Variety of Party Sizes

Two of the most important things to consider when choosing a venue are capacity and price. River’s Edge Convention Center is unique because we have over 150,000 square feet of flexible space, meaning we can divide and combine rooms to create precisely what you’re looking for. We can further customize your space with a dance floor, AV equipment, and a DJ. With so many options, you can easily work with any type of budget!

At River’s Edge Convention Center, we pride ourselves on our ability to make your wedding unique. With decorators who work specifically with your needs and space, a variety of caterers, and many rooms to choose from, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

September Events at the River’s Edge Convention Center

Temperatures are winding down but the excitement is just heating up at the River’s Edge!

Mark your calendars and clear your schedules for September’s must-attend events. Find our full calendar of events, here.

St. Cloud Pride Drag Show

When: Saturday, September 15, 2018; Doors open at 6:30 PM and Show starts at 7:00 PM

Tickets: 2018stcloudpride.eventbrite.com or at the Modern Barnyard in St. Cloud

Join us for a night of comedy and drag by some of the best local, regional, and national performers. Bonnie the Barfly will perform some of her best comedic acts and Azalia Cruz, Trixi Del Mar, Juliet Devine, Roxy Marquis, Genevee Love, DJ CaptiVader and Mercedes Iman will follow it up with jaw-dropping drag. If you love drag, laughing, and having a great time, you won’t want to miss this.


When: Saturday and Sunday, September 22-23, 2018

Tickets: lion-con.com or call 320-774-1802

Grab your friends and the entire family for a night of role-play, board games, card games, anime, computer games, cosplay, and more at LionCon, Minnesota’s very own geek and counter-culture convention. Guests include Daniel Mohr, Wolfie B. Bad, Wig-Wig Cosplay, Demon Armor, Jamie Coker, Brian Berg (TPK Games), Minnesota Mystery Machine, and Dusty’s Prop House. Entertainment will go from 10:00 AM Saturday till 6 PM Sunday.

The St. Cloud Wedding Expo

When: Sunday, September 23, 2018; 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Tickets: Online or in person the day of the event

If you’re a bride-to-be, groom, wedding planner, or the family of a couple-to-be, you won’t want to miss Central Minnesota’s longest running wedding expo. Connect with over 90 premier vendors and businesses to start planning your dream wedding. The expo features the latest trends in wedding fashion on a high fashion and entertaining runway presentation. Experience stress-free wedding planning in a stylish, sleek, entertaining atmosphere.

September is going to be a big month at the River’s Edge Convention Center in Downtown St. Cloud! Which event are you most excited for?

Friday, August 24, 2018

The 9th Annual St. Cloud Pride Festival

The ninth annual St. Cloud Pride Festival is coming up once again! Come celebrate and show you support to the community September 14th through the 16th in Downtown St. Cloud!

The Pride Drag Show at River’s Edge

River’s Edge Convention Center is once again happy to host the annual Pride Drag show, which will take place on Saturday, September 15th. Doors for the event open at 6:30 PM and the show begins at 7:00 PM.

This year, there will be local, regional, and national drag performers in attendance. Giggle Gram’s Bonnie the Barfly will provide comedy for the event, and there will be Drag performances by Azalia Cruz, Trixi Del Mar, Juliet Devine, Roxy Marquis, Genevee Love, and Mercedes Iman, with music by DJ Capi Vader.

Advanced tickets and pricing will be available soon and tickets will also be available at the St. Cloud Pride booth at the Pride in the Park event. The Drag Show is sure to be a high-energy and entertaining night. Come out and show your colors!

Pride in the Park 2018

The annual Pride in the Park event is a fun experience for the whole family. Come check out the booths, food vendors, live music, games, and more on September 15th at Lake George/Eastman Park. The festivities begin at 11 AM and will continue until 4 PM.

Sponsors that have made this weekend possible include CentraCare, 104.7 KCLD, and Beaver Island Brewing. It’s not too late to become a sponsor and show your support!

The annual St. Cloud Pride Festival has a track record of drawing people in for an engaging, inclusive experience. One of the highlights from last year’s event was a showing of the movie Philadelphia. Follow the St. Cloud Pride Facebook page for all the latest developments on the festival.

Be ready to show your pride and participate in a great weekend of events!

Friday, July 20, 2018

River’s Edge Convention Center Caterer Features

One of the more difficult decisions to make when hosting an event is the catering service. Your guests might forget what kind of music they heard or how the flowers were arranged, but the tastiness of a meal is one of the features of an event that is sure to be remembered.

If you are planning an event in Central Minnesota, take a look at a spotlight on a few of the fantastic catering services available at the River’s Edge Convention Center in Downtown St. Cloud.

Food Ecstasy

Food Ecstasy is a family owned full service, licensed catering company serving green organic local culinary menu choices. The company has served parties of 50 to 300.

Food Ecstasy’s mission statement is to create a menu with your design & style ready for your “signature of approval.” The reality that food is art awakening your taste buds.

Food Ecstasy begins a partnership by asking the bride and groom 5-questions to help them get creative and make their wedding as unique as possible. These questions include:

  1. Is there a theme for the day?
  2. Where did the couple meet?
  3. How did they meet?
  4. What kind of foodies are they?
  5. Do they envision a Formal-Classic-Casual-Rustic-Vintage or Eclectic style?

Food Ecstasy has served the Central Minnesota area - including numerous events at the River’s Edge Convention Center - for more than 35 years. Learn more about the company on their website.

Sterling Catering

Booking with Sterling Catering has many great benefits. Aside from delicious food and great service, each menu pricing includes:
  • Linen table cloths (white, ivory or black)
  • Skirting on all appropriate tables
  • Linen napkins 
  • China plate service for all courses 
  • China coffee cups
  • Stainless flatware for all courses
  • Glass water glasses for dinner service
  • Coffee (hot herbal tea upon request) and water service during dinner
  • Salad service with main entrée
  • All necessary serving staff

For wedding parties, Sterling offers a complimentary Jacuzzi suite for the Bride and Groom on the night of the reception at the Best Western Kelly Inn - when available. They also offer a complimentary space for a Groom's Dinner the evening before and a Gift Opening the day after at the Best Western Kelly Inn depending on availability.

Find out more about Sterling Catering and contact the company on their website.

Courtyard by Marriott

When you choose to have the Courtyard by Marriott help you plan the perfect menu for your wedding, rest assured that you are in very capable hands.

With over 50 collective years of wedding planning experience, the Courtyard provides the freshest ingredients prepared by an award-winning culinary team offering a contemporary spin on all your traditional favorites and then some. They also have all the latest alternatives for dietary and allergy restrictive needs.

Meet with one of the Courtyard by Marriott directors to talk about the amazing wedding packages. Incorporating things like your favorite color or flowers is simple, but adding in flavors from your first trip together or a hobby the two of you share… that’s the personal flair you’ll get from the Courtyard.

Friday, June 22, 2018

A Spotlight on The Creative Decor Vendors at the River’s Edge Convention Center

You might be aware that the River’s Edge Convention Center has some amazing spaces to host events, but do you know much about our incredible decor vendors?

If you choose to host a wedding or event at the River's Edge, you’ll have access to all the creative abilities of many designers. Learn more about three of our design vendors below:

Designer Y&I Events

Owner Yasmin Hussein owns Y & I Events based out of the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis. Specializing in multicultural event planning, the company boasts seasoned designs and decor rental for all occasions.

“When we get a new client,” says Hussein, “we sit down with them for a complimentary consultation. I will find out their vision for their wedding, where and when the wedding is taking place. When getting all the information about the wedding, from the event space to how many people attending.”

She continues, “We start brainstorming the decoration ideas and even though every bride is a designer, I show them my vision and it usually works. We start the process of the decoration a few days before to prepare everything we need to make the event happen. The day of the wedding we start putting the vision to come alive.”

View a gallery of decor examples from Y & I Events here.

Arch Angels Wedding Decor

Mary Regan is the owner of Arch Angels Wedding Decor. Arch Angels is a full-service wedding decoration company specializing in making your wedding beautiful, elegant and exactly what you want.

The company helps eliminate stress for brides and party planners of all types by providing delivery, set up, and take down of all of their unique products, which include chair covers, backdrops, centerpieces, ceiling draping and more.

Click here to view a slideshow of Arch Angels’ work at the River’s Edge Convention Center.

Designer Weddings

Designer Weddings is all about creating the perfect wedding. The company takes pride in using the wedding couple’s venue and molding it into one-of-a-kind decor attraction at a fraction of the cost.

Says owner Sara Almjeld, “As a designer decorator, I take whatever conceptualizations I'm given and enhance the bride and groom's vision. While the big things are important, it's the details of wedding décor that are the differentiation between what's good and great.”

“While every couple may want ‘the Pinterest wedding,’ my job is to decorate a wedding that reflects the bride and groom as individuals with their own personalized flair,” she adds. “A couple's wedding should reflect both individual's aesthetics, allowing the décor to be perceived as more than just pretty decorations and more as a representation of both parties as people.”

These three companies represent a sample of our available vendors. Hosting your event at the River’s Edge Convention Center gives you the opportunity to really make the event your own and create the theme of your dreams.

Contact us to learn more.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame at River’s Edge

Summertime has a different meaning to baseball fans. The smell of a freshly mowed grass field. The heat of the sun warming the stadium seats. The comradery that joins fans as they cheer on their team.

If these are things that excite you, did you know that we permanently host the Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame Museum at River’s Edge Convention Center?

We take great pride in our museum that commemorates and celebrates Minnesota’s long-lasting history of baseball. Our museum holds an assortment of artifacts collected throughout the state’s baseball history: uniforms, balls, gloves, caps, bats, photos, game day programs, and much more. We feature baseball teams at all levels, including minor league, college, high school, American Legion, VFW, amateur, town-team, and Major League players born in Minnesota.

The St. Cloud Times reports on one excerpt from our archives that you may find interesting: the Municipal Stadium which was right here in St. Cloud.

What is now a strip mall on Division Street was the home of the St. Cloud Rox just over 45 years ago. Municipal Stadium, as it was called in its heyday, was the place to be on any given game day. The stadium sported 60 pro home games in the summer, plus local amateur, college, and high school baseball teams in the off season.

Creating the stadium was a labor of love spearheaded by volunteer group Sports Incorporated. They gave their time and resources to drive the building of this concrete temple to baseball on what used to be a bare field. At the time of its completion, the community and local media were abuzz, praising its excellence.

"The new stadium is a modern, concrete structure," Dick Cullum wrote for the Minneapolis Tribune. "Which is regarded as one of the best to be found in a Class C league."

Robert Statz, the oldest son of the runner for the announcer and scorekeeper of the St. Cloud Rox, looks back on fond memories of Municipal Stadium, where he assisted the team back in the 60s.

"What I remember most is that it was one of the higher places in town then,” Statz recalls. “And you could stand up there on a hot night and see the whole city. It was really something to behold."

This stadium came to a crushing end in 1970 as it was demolished, but it’s legacy lives on in the community. Local baseball enthusiasts keep the history and memories of this place alive through visiting our collections and reminiscing on the highlights of baseball in Stearns County and in the state of Minnesota.

The Rox continue to thrive as a minor-league team here in St. Cloud. Their season opens May 29th with the first home opener on June 1st. Grab some tickets for this season on their website.

Not sure what to do on an away game day? Stop by our museum! Admission is free when you visit Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm. If you can’t make it on a weekday, call our Administration Office at 320-255-7272 to check our hours on any given weekend.